Shortly after 11:20am on the 24th July, there was a major accident on the M6 near junction 16 at Sandbach, Cheshire which left 1 person dead and 10 others injured in a horrific 9 vehicle pileup. The 9 vehicles involved were two vans, two HGVs and five cars. The emergency services were quick onto the scene to help with the situation but sadly could not prevent one man dying. This man has now been named as 54 year old Alan Bullock from Blackpool. In total there were 15 people that were involved in the crash and 10 of those have been taken to various hospitals in the local area. Two of these casualties had to be taken to hospital via the air ambulance service.
It was reported that the motorway was closed between junctions 16-18 for more than 4 hours because of the accident. Although the cause of the accident is still not known, the police believe that it was not caused by the road conditions. They are however still looking into what was the cause of the accident.
5 people had to be cut out of their vehicles by the fire services and 2 of these are being treated with life threatening injuries.
At the time of the accident a spokesperson for the Highways Agency said: “Staff at the Highways Agency’s regional control centre at Newton-le-Willows in Merseyside have set signs across the local motorway network to advise drivers of the motorway closure.” “The Highways Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre in Birmingham has also set electronic signs advising long distance drivers travelling out of Scotland and through Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester of the closure so they can take alternative routes south, including the M1.”
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